| Event type

Lightweight (≤69 kilograms), Men

Date18 August 2004 — 10:30 (A), 20:00 (B)
LocationOlympiako Gymnastirio Arsis Varon Nikaias, Nikaia
Participants17 from 16 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

China’s Zhang Guozheng was the heavy favorite after winning the 2002-03 World Championships. He took the lead in the snatch with 160.0 kg, and then lifted 187.5 kg. However, Korean Lee Bae-Yeong bettered his clean & jerk with 190.0 kg, and attempted 195.0 kg, which would have won the gold medal based on bodyweight, but he missed it, settling for silver. Croatian Nikolay Peshalov won the bronze medal, which made him only the third Olympic weightlifter to win four medals, after American Norb Schemansky (1948-64) and German Ronny Weller (1988-2000), a mark that would later be equalled at Athinai by Greek Pyrros Dimas (1992-2004).

1Zhang GuozhengCHN347.5Gold
2Lee Bae-YeongKOR342.5Silver
3Nikolaj PešalovCRO337.5Bronze
4Turan MirzəyevAZE332.5
5Vencelas DabayaCMR327.5
6Siarhei LaurenauBLR317.5
7Romuald ErnaultFRA307.5
8Yukio PeterNRU302.5
9Stănel StoicaROU302.5
10Kuo Cheng-WeiTPE297.5
11Julio IdrovoECU295.0
12Abdul Mohsen Al-BagirKSA287.5
DNFJafar Al-BagirKSA
DNFMiroslav JaníčekSVK
DNFSayed Mahdi PanzvanIRI
DNFSuriya DattuyawatTHA
DNFYoussef SbaîTUN